Oct 172012

veggies2blog As we all know leading a healthy lifestyle, eating a balanced diet and doing regular exercise lowers the risk of you developing serious illnesses.  Did you know that a healthy balanced diet rich in oily fish, green vegetables,fruit and nuts is also beneficial to your eye health?

There are specific eye friendly nutrients that are necessary to provide your eyes with the support and protection they need against serious eye diseases. Macular Degeneration disease is the most common cause of visual impairment in the developed world, mainly affecting people over the age of 60.  It is a result of changes to the macula – a part of the retina located on the back of the eye that is responsible for clear central vision (your peripheral/side vision is not affected by macular degeneration).

There are simple steps you can make to your lifestyle to help protect against sight loss.

  • healthy diet – green leafed vegetables such as spinach, kale, fruits including peaches, oranges and apricots
  • stop smoking
  • lifestyle changes – taking regular exercise – find a sport or hobby you really enjoy doing!
  • wear lenses that block out UV/blue light that is emitted from the sun, car headlights, computer screens.
  • have regular eye tests, we recommend every two years (unless you have a medical reason for you to have a more regular eyetests e.g diabetes)

A convenient way to ensure you are getting all the essential nutrients and vitamins you need is take supplement that is specially formulated to ensure your eyes are having the exact nutritional intake.  Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we recommend Nutrof Total capsules.

Nutrof Total are easy to swallow capsules that just have to be taken once a day.

Containing -

  • Vitamin C – antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E
  • Vitamin E – Antioxidant
  • Zinc – antioxidant
  • Copper – antioxidant
  • Selenium – antioxidant, scavenger of free-radicals
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Fish Oils and Omega 3 – important in development and function of the retina
  • Resvertrol – found in red wine, red grapes and blueberries – antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin – these two pigments are called carotenoids, they help absorb blue and ultraviolet light, they protect your macula which is responsible for your central high resolution vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin can only be obtained via your diet.

It is also available as the only drinkable nutritional! If you don’t find it easy to swallow tablets Nutrof Total Drink is so easy to make, just empty the sachet into a cup, add half a cup of water, mix and take immediately with your main meal of the day.

In a recent Department of Health survey experts found that just a quarter of adults eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.This can leave you at a higher risk of developing macular degeneration and other common eye diseases, so it so important for you to be eating a healthy balance diet.

For more information about eye health please contact us at 01902 420348 or info@wolverhamptonopticians.co.uk.  Or pop into see us! We have Free brochures that explain fully the benefits of a healthy diet preventing against serious eye diseases such as macular degeneration.

Many thanks to OpticianOnline.net, National Eye Health Week, Spectrum Thea and Macular Disease Society.

Jul 052012

contact lens

Contact Lenses are an awesome way to wear corrective lenses without needing to wear spectacles and offer you all-round, clear vision. They are small, almost invisible cup-shaped lenses that fit directly onto your eyes. Comfortable, simple and easy to wear, contact lenses are the best alternative to wearing prescription glasses. Even better, when you are wearing them, people just don’t usually notice that you are wearing anything – you show your natural look.

Freedom from Spectacles

Wearing Contact Lenses gives you the freedom you need to play sports, shop, hang out, dance – whatever you want to do but couldn’t for risk of seeing your glasses fall off. The only things you can’t do with contact lenses are sleeping or swimming (although, if you absolutely must, consult your eye care specialist). They leave your nose free for those sunglasses you’ve always wanted!

Freedom from Mess?

Unlike regular spectacles, you don’t need to wipe clean your contact lenses during the day; your eyelids do this for you through the natural act of blinking. Otherwise, when you take them off at the end of the day, you clean and store them in cleansing solutions ready for the next day. If you use daily disposable lenses, you don’t need to clean them at all – just dispose of them every night and use new lenses in the morning.

Freedom for Choice

You can great in glasses. But sometimes you don’t want to wear them all the time. Contact lenses allow you to express yourself the way you want to. You can even choose different coloured Lenses if you are looking for a total change in style. Contact Lenses offers you freedom to express yourself in every way. Feel yourself, be yourself!

Nov 152011


Our new blog is about a common eye disorder called Blepharitis, it is not something you may have heard of but the symptoms, you may have experienced.

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids.  Oils and other products build up on the eyelid surface and eyelashes resulting in the eye irritation.  The signs and symptoms are

  • eye irritation
  • burning
  • tearing
  • foreign body sensation
  • crusty debris (in the lashes, in the corner of the eyes or on the lids)
  • dryness
  • red eyelid margins

Cleaning your eyelids everyday is essential in treatment of blepharitis as it tends to recur and rarely disappears completely. Whether or not you are experiencing any recurring symptoms, you should consider it part of your daily routine, like showering or brushing your teeth!

Here at Lichfield Street Opticians we now stock a range of products that are really sucessful in the treatment of Blepharitis.  Within the Blepha Range there are three different products which are easy and convenient to use.  They are all preservative and perfume free.

  • Blephaclean – ideal for anyone with a busy lifestyle, great for going on holidays, no extra bottles to pack! Contains 20 ready to use sterile wipes. Each individual wipe contains agents which repair, moisturise, soothe and act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. The wipe cleans and repairs the skin.  Usually to be used once or twice a day, wiping over eyelid and lash areas.
  • Blephasol – is a 100ml bottle, that is convenient to apply with a cosmetic pad. There is no rinsing, or stinging after use, just gentle cleansing. One extra benefit is that it’s an excellent make up remover (even waterproof mascara, i’ve tried it and it works!) so two products in one! Usually to be used once or twice a day, wiping cosmetic pad over eyelid and lash area.
  • Blephagel – this is ideal for anyone who has a more stubborn case of Blepharitis, its a good over night treatment, that instantly cools, hydrates and soothes inflamed eyelids. Usually to be used once or twice a day, using a cosmetic pad to wipe over the eyelid and lash area or if prefered can be left on overnight and gently wiped away in the morning.

The other major advantages to these products are that they are suitable for you if you have sensitive skin or if you wear contact lenses.

I hope you’ve found this blog of interest and as always if you have any more questions or require extra information that would be of help to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Lichfield Street Opticians.

Look out for our next blog soon………..


With thanks to Spectrum Thea Pharmaceuticals Ltd